34.2 I'm here too - New Delhi, new opportunities

16/04/13

New Delhi, new opportunities 

"Conservation and restoration of our cultural heritage is a great challenge, because from the moment a monument, an artifact, a painting or a document is lost and it is lost forever" with these words Mr Jagannath Pahadia, Governor of the State of Haryana, has opened his speech during the official opening of the CTS branch in New Delhi. The ceremony (pictured cutting the ribbon) was held in the presence of the Minister of Culture of India, Mrs Chandresh Kumari Katoch, as well as that of the Governor of the State of Haryana, and the Director of the Cultural Center of the Italian Embassy, Mrs Angela Trezza, in the new premises located in the industrial area of Okhla. Also present were the Chief, Geom. Mauro Danese, and the head of the Technical Office, Dr. Leonardo Borgioli. The authorities involved were able to visit the showroom where they exposed all the equipment distributed by CTS (pictured below a moment of the visit).      

Later in the ceremony, the Governor pointed out that India has more than 5000 years of history, with a wealth of ancient culture. There are about 6000 monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and more than a million ancient objects in archaeological museums. In addition to this each state (India is a republic state government), has its monuments and museums, managed in total autonomy.


Congratulating the management and Roberto Bello, Director of CTS India, the Governor said that this branch will facilitate access to new technologies and equipment, organizations and conservation experts Indians who until now have had to seek the materials from multiple vendors and in different parts of the world.

The Union Minister of Culture, Mrs Chandresh Kumari Katoch said that “we should adopt a focused approach to conservation and restoration techniques to preserve the richness of our heritage as it indicates increased awareness of preservation of our heritage and further such investment will set in motion forces in the economy that allow us to use a huge opportunity for developing tourism that has yet to realize its full potential”. Wishing the company a grand success, Mrs Katoch expressed the hope of promoting and facilitating the exchange of knowledge among conservation professionals.

As a first step in the realization of this hope, there was two seminars on a variety of topics, the first in the same venue CTS, a second at the laboratories of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), the largest non-profit Indian organization which deals with the conservation of cultural heritage
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Taking advantage of the contemporary development of “Preventive and Curative Conservation of Cultural Property in
Salar Jung Museum" the CTS delegation moved then in the heart of India, Hyderabad, at the "Salar Jung Museum, which hosted the Conference. About 100 conservative members of various Indian institutions had gathered to exchange ideas extremely lively, in stark contrast to what happens in many Italian congresses. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of questions, but also critical opinions, raised at the end of the various presentations. Leonardo Borgioli has presented two reports, entitled "Materials for restoration of polychrome wooden statues and their influence on conservation in the non-conditioned environments", and "Selection of materials for archival storage".
   

In a moment of the inauguration the Governor Mr Jagannath Pahadia has turned on the lamp 5 ritual flames. Alongside the Culture Minister Mrs. Chandresh Kumari Katoch.



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